Padres encouraged by Latos' throwing session

Padres encouraged by Latos' throwing session

ST. LOUIS -- Pitcher Mat Latos said he felt fine after throwing off the mound Thursday, three hours before the Padres faced the Cardinals on Opening Day.

Manager Bud Black said the right-hander looked fine in his first time throwing off a mound in 10 days.

In other words, the bursitis that landed Latos on the disabled list to start the season is all but in the rearview mirror now.

"From what I saw, he looked fine and he looked healthy," Black said.

Black indicated that Latos will throw a light side session on Saturday in St. Louis. If he comes out of that feeling fine, Latos will then fly to the team's Spring Training facility in Arizona on Sunday.

Latos will then pitch in a Minor League game on Monday. The Padres will determine his next move after that.

Black said Wednesday that Latos, who made his last spring appearance on March 21, will need a Minor League rehabilitation assignment before being activated and placed into San Diego's starting rotation.

Corey Brock is a reporter for Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.